Remember that little royal dude in the jeweler's head in 'Men In Black', perhaps the finest sendup of Earthly cluelessness Hollywood has yet produced. Well, perhaps it puts you in mind (pause for pun's full effect) of a theory known as epigeneticism, advanced by certain reputable scientists in and around the Royal Society in London, whereby it was held that the male person inhabited each sperm as a fully formed tiny version of himself known as 'homunculus'.
This was around 1694, and was touted by such august minds as Nicolas von Hartsoeker and others including von Leuwenhoek, executor of the artist Vermeer's estate, inventor of many fine microscopes for his time, sought after by such powerful men as Leibniz, co-inventor of calculus and Peter the Great of Russia. His industriousness was even extolled by the father of the famed astronomer Huygens.
Well, that was then, this is now, we may say with a smug smile, for even Aristotle long before these few yet influential for a time espoused the now proven developmental theory of human fetus versus this foolish preformation business.
Not so fast.
Ever hear of something called microchimerism? Well, it's not simply a theory that you've likely not heard of, it's based on real extant science, and the subject of lots of ongoing studies. This phenomenon says this: "The evidence now shows that female animals can incorporate sperm DNA from her prior sex partners. This foreign DNA winds up in future children after the woman successfully reproduces with a completely different male. In the human world, this means that the children a man has with a promiscuous woman could possess genes from previous sexual partners he has never seen or met." [MORE
Now things get both interesting and rather precarious, hence this defamation disclaimer: 'Neither this author nor this publication in any way intends to suggest the following as factual; indeed, it is purely speculative fictional humor intended for both the scientific enlightenment of its audience as well as any consequent entertainment and/or elucidation value, otherwise known as satire."
Based upon the now scientifically proven proposition that certain child-bearing females a. had sexual intercourse in the 1940's with one or more men whilst both partners were of Germanic heritage and b. that a certain Presidential candidate now seeking that office is of such a chronological age as to have had such a mother and c. that mother may or may not have had intimate relations with a certain Chancellor of the then extant Reich then d. her future children may possess at least in part some DNA of that male partner, regardless of her willingness in any such consummation.
Given this syllogistic reasoning it may now be speculated that the autocratic behavior of the aforesaid candidate can be given scientific validation as to causation: microchimerism.
It is perhaps well to pause here and reflect upon the curious name given by science to this statistically significant phenomenon. In ancient Greek mythology the Chimera was usually connotative of the following:
"The Chimaera was a hybrid monster in Greek mythology, child of Typhoeus and Echidna and sibling of Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. It had the head and body of a lion, as well as the head of a goat that was attached to its back, and a tail that ended on a head of a snake.
It resided in Lycia, a place in Asia Minor, where it ravaged the lands with its fire breath. It was killed by Bellerophon, assisted by Pegasus, when the former was asked by King Iobates of Lycia. Bellerophon rode on Pegasus' back, who could fly, and shot arrows at the Chimera from above." [MORE
Let's review. Head of a Lion, check, golden mane; has obviously gotten someone's goat, check; features a forked tongue in the general area of its derriere.
And, so, in this election season in the Greek republican tradition of such a democracy as ours it is submitted that we have a proverbial choice on our elective hands as they manipulate those voting machines; will we truly be manipulated rather than manipulating, and by a possible descendant of a nefarious personage from the middle of the last century, lionized still by some who do bleat as goats with forked tongues?
Will this year of 2016 be remembered as that of the authoritarian atavistic microchimera..or the futuristic benign microchip?